The Machane Yehuda Market is one of the great markets of the world. It testifies to the greatest abundance the land of Israel has ever seen. The market is also an interesting window into contemporary environmental issues related to the production and consumption of food. In this tour of the Machane Yehuda Market through an ecological lens, the educator will describe the emergence of globalized food in Israel in the past thirty years, and discuss what is fueling the growth of this phenomenon.
This tour will explore the significance of this new development in the context of broader Israeli society and global environmental issues including, but not limited to: climate change, rainforest depletion, and species loss. The educator will also discuss the emergence of organic produce and health food stores in the market in recent years. This tour will also include an exploration of local and global food through the lens of Jewish teachings.
Location: The Machane Yehuda Market (shuk) in Jerusalem. In the event of rain, we will stay in the covered portions of the market.
Time: Two hours, excluding travel time to and from site.
Basic Module Timetable:
0:15-1:00 Guided tour of the shuk, including sampling of foods from various vendors.
1:00-1:15 Presentation by Jewish Eco Seminars educator about Israel in the age of globalized food based on Jewish sources and teachings.
1:15-1:45 Group learning about Jewish teachings on food in the land of Israel
The length of this tour can be expanded to include an environmental-focused walking tour of the adjacent Nachlaot neighborhood and the nearby Sacher park. The standard tour can also be shortened if the group does not desire the group learning segment toward the end. Please contact us with any questions.